San Francisco

Jewish Film Institute

Jewish Film Institute 145 9th St., Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-0556 Fax: (415) 621-0568 [email protected]
Box Office (415) 621-0568 [email protected]
Executive Director Lexie Leban [email protected]

The institutes mission is to inspire communities in San Francisco and around the world to expand their understanding of Jewish life through film, media and dialogue. Through a range of programs and initiatives, JFI celebrates the full spectrum of Jewish identities; nurtures and build connections within and beyond the Jewish community; provides multiple platforms for open dialogue; promotes an evolving definition of what constitutes Jewish film and media; introduces new voices and emerging talent; seeks excellence, originality and innovation; champions freedom of expression; reveals diverse points of view; and honors depth and complexity over formula.

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), presented by the institute, is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind and a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. Presenting more than 65 films and 135 individual screenings, performances and events in communities throughout the Bay Area, SFJFF attracts more than 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its 18-day program. In the past several years, SFJFF has welcomed leading filmmakers and cultural icons, such as former Vice President Al Gore, Norman Lear, Elliott Gould, Alex Karpovsky, Kirk Douglas and choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith.